Excerpt From A 1970s Senate Report On Oil And The American State

By: Tuesday March 31, 2015 12:25 pm

In my research on a project I am doing, I came across a report created by the Senate Subcommittee on Multinational Corporations to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which was released in the mid-1970s. I thought of writing a short post and cross-referencing it with other things I found; however, I feel it is [...]

John McCain Calls For US War In Ukraine, Libya, Syria, And Iraq

By: Thursday February 26, 2015 6:54 am

Yesterday Senator John McCain spoke at the New America Foundation’s Future of War Conference on his vision for American foreign policy – war. McCain said the US should send (more) ground forces into Iraq and expand the combat mission into Syria to destroy ISIS. McCain lamented that Libya had fallen into chaos and said the [...]

Obama ISIS Authorization Includes Ground Troops For Syria

By: Monday February 16, 2015 8:01 am

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State militants. Within the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) is a provision for not allowing “enduring offensive combat operations.” What counts as “enduring?” No one really knows. The obfuscating language is supposed to pacify concerns by members of Congress who [...]

Hagel Floats Sending More Troops To Iraq

By: Monday February 2, 2015 11:01 am

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Says We May Need To Send Troops Back To #Iraq http://t.co/4wdZYrPKrX #EndlessWar pic.twitter.com/1855mxkTCP — MintPress News (@MintPressNews) February 1, 2015 Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has floated the idea of sending even more US troops to Iraq. Though there are already set to be approximately 4,500 troops in Iraq to [...]

Andrew Sullivan To Quit Blogging

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 6:25 am

Andrew Sullivan has announced that he is giving up blogging to “return to the actual world again.” Given his history of presenting false stories and unrealistic political analysis this might be a good thing. Perhaps being in the actual world will yield some lessons. It is hard to imagine that someone so in love with [...]

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki Calls Fall In Oil Prices “Economic War”

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 7:35 am

Nouri al-Maliki, one of the vice presidents in Iraq,¬†told¬†journalists the drop in oil prices was not natural and called it “economic war.” During a visit to a university on January 15, he did not believe low oil prices were a result of market forces. He cited Russia and Iran as two countries affected by low [...]

Saudi Arabia’s ISIS-style Justice System Facing Criticism

By: Friday January 16, 2015 10:12 am

No flogging for blogging! Tonight we return to Saudi Embassy w/@Amnesty: https://t.co/Vl0Sp1e4ZB @raif_badawi pic.twitter.com/FuPvDNskEm — CODEPINK (@codepink) January 16, 2015 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has agreed to postpone the flogging of blogger Raif Badawi to let his wounds heal. The flogging comes after Badawi was convicted of insulting Islam through electronic channels which came [...]

Neocons Want To Try Nation-Building In Iraq Again

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 8:05 am

While it is no secret that many hawks in Congress are in favor of sending US ground forces into Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS, now the prospect of “nation-building” has reentered the discussion. Nation-building was one of the more controversial projects of the US occupation of Iraq. Not only does a nation-building policy often [...]

Pentagon “Considering” Sending Combat Troops To Iraq, ISIS And Al-Qaeda Reach Agreement

By: Friday November 14, 2014 7:20 am

Though the US has already sent about 1,000 soldiers into Iraq after ISIS took over a large swath of the country, President Obama continues to claim he hasn’t/won’t send in ground forces. The rationalization for that claim is that those new troops are not designated as combat troops but as advisors and guards. But now [...]

Iraqi Army ‘Months Away’ From Being Able To Take On ISIS, US Campaign To Take Years

By: Friday October 24, 2014 5:30 am

One of the most influential Army officers of Iraq on how the U.S. is repeating its mistakes: http://t.co/e2OoNLpUWB pic.twitter.com/m2a0Xe0CcH — Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) October 22, 2014 Though hundreds of billions of US taxpayer dollars went into forming, training, and equipping the Iraqi National Army it only took a few weeks for ISIS to cripple the [...]

Blackwater Contractors Convicted For Iraq Massacre

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 5:43 am

Four Blackwater contractors were convicted in federal court yesterday of murder, manslaughter, and weapons charges for their role in a massacre that occurred in Iraq in 2007 while Blackwater was protecting a convoy of US State Department officials.The shooting incident, which left 17 unarmed Iraqis dead, was ruled a crime rather than a wartime accident [...]

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